Presenters: Stacey Bowers, Springer; George Scotti, Springer
This session considers how involvement in disaster response support services can enable a new dimension of power and responsibility in your professional role, in addition to offering a multitude of transferable skills. It includes an overview of emergency preparedness options, an analytical framework within which to consider the changing nature of contemporary disasters, and concludes by delving into the example of a “regional resiliency system” as a prototype for enabling intelligent swarm behavior.
Presenters: Michael D. McDonald, National Sustainability Security Infrastructure Pandemic Initiative; Tim Siftar, Drexel University
This program discusses the benefits and challenges of embedded services and give an overview of steps one should consider when implementing this model in the workplace. It also calls out some of the opportunities embedded services can provide for career growth.
Presenters: Reece Dano, Ziba Design; Gretchen McNeely, Ziba Design
Presenter: Kathy Dempsey, Libraries Are Essential
Presenters: George Scotti, Springer; Christy Confetti Higgins, Oracle
Those who operate research businesses are part of a cadre of independent information professionals (IIPs) who conduct online, telephone or library research. The first session, an introduction to starting a research business, explores the types of services offered by IIPs, including secondary and primary research, competitive and market intelligence and analysis, or company and industry research. Some IIPs offer other services such as consulting, publishing, editing, or database and taxonomy development depending on interests and background. You can work as a generalist or specialize because of many target markets, industry sectors, and niches; or, you can focus on small and large companies – or both – in the public or private sector. This program covers skills requirements, desirable personality traits, marketing, deliverables, and budgeting and fees.
Session two focuses on the wide ranges of resources and tools required for starting a research business including an overview of fee-based aggregators and databases as well as deep Web sources and tools used for Internet research. The presenter shares tips and tricks for becoming a top-notch researcher.
Presenter: Amelia Kassel, MarketingBase
Presenters: Scott Brown, Social Information Group; George Scotti, Springer; Stacey Bowers, Springer
Presenter: Nicole C. Engard, ByWater Solutions
Presenter: Lorette Weldon, Weldon Researchers
Information professionals are expected to negotiate with an array of vendors in relation to content, technology, equipment, terms & conditions, licensing, training and price. This session helps info pros understand the intricacies of the vendors’ business model including cost structure, sales costs and product implementation.
Presenters: Michael Gruenberg, Gruenberg Consulting; Matt Dunie, Conquest Systems
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